Thank you blam! WOW! We have seen the scientific establishment set on its ear. This will have an impact on the Kennewick case, I am certain. It will be interesting to see where else it leads.
A few days ago you made reference to "Humanizing" these remains in order to bring them into public consciousness. I agreed that putting a "face" on them would accomplish that. We now know that this has already been done and that it was done following the initial DNA findings in the '80s, which have since been refined. I thought the reconstruction looked "Asiatic", especially with the epicanthic fold detail in the eyes. This is not necessarily an incorrect "European" detail. I know because my completely Swede Paternal Grandmother had it. However, it would be incorrect to characterize a typical European face with this feature.
I found this documentary to be intellectually honest in all respects. The facial reconstruction was based on "best evidence", I thought, even though it contained the bias of the prevalent view of Beringia corridor migration. I think that a new "best evidence" reconstruction might be in order. It may not be PC, but I think one should go where the evidence leads, even if it contradicts my petty hopes and prejudices.
Are there any among us who agree? It would sure make a tourist spot out of the site. if nothing else.
"Thank you blam! WOW! We have seen the scientific establishment set on its ear. This will have an impact on the Kennewick case, I am certain. It will be interesting to see where else it leads. "
Thanks to you, you are the one who originally brought my attention to this site.
In your communications with Bill Jones (author of the original article) I suggest that you tell him it is time to do an update to that article and include the new, additional information and pictures of the reconstructed face.
I think Glen Doran was wise to keep his 'work' below the radar (as he has) because they have a lot of data without the interference that Chatters had/has with Kennewick Man.(It's back in court, appeal)
I wonder when the 'main-stream' media will pick-up on this discovery. It is more astonishing than Kennewick Man and more thoroughly studied.
Jones could include, what seems to be supporting data for an European connection, by doing an update of the Cactus Hill(Pennsylvania) and Topper(South Carolina) sites in his next article.
posted on 08/15/2003 7:49:17 AM PDT
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